Hi! Happy Thursday! I’m so glad that all of you have come back to read what I have to say this week! Last night at church, our youth group watched a movie called “The Remaining”. It was about the end times, the rapture of the church. There was a lot of scripture out of Revelation used in the movie about the Seven Trumpets in Revelation 8 and 9. However, I’m not going to use much scripture out of Revelation, but I do recommend the movie “The Remaining” to anyone who enjoyed “Left Behind” or movies like that.
The rapture of the church is not something that people really like to talk or think about. It can be scary that one day the believers will be ripped from the Earth and non-believers will be left here to face the wrath of the tribulation.
The Bible foretells of things that will precede the rapture that can be terrifying. In Matthew 24, Jesus clearly lays out the reality of what our pre-rapture Earth will look like. Wars, famine, and earthquakes will wreak havoc upon our Earth, but the Bible tells us that this is only the beginning! Believers will be arrested, tortured, and killed all for the sake of spreading the name of Jesus. Believers will be hated and false prophets will deceive even the wisest among us. Sin will be rampant and love will grow cold. (Matthew 24: 4-14 NLT)
These are all scary things, but they will come to pass in the end times. This is a reality that many people aren’t acknowledging either out of fear or the thought that they have plenty of time. Others choose to dismiss the thought, because they do not believe in God, or they don’t believe that a loving God would ever put them through such torment. Many believe that good works and just being a “good person” will get them to heaven, because “God wouldn’t just leave the good people behind! Look at everything they’ve done! Look at me, I’m a good person!” Thousands of people are just getting through life believing that “tomorrow will be a better day”, they live with no worries, because even though we know that tomorrow is never a guarantee, they just know that tomorrow will come just as surely as today did.
Many people walk around believing that just because they go to church on Easter and Christmas that they’re “in the club”. Maybe they go to church every week. Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, even on Wednesday nights! They go to all the marriage conferences, help out with Disciple Now Weekend, and go on mission trips. They are at every fellowship meal, and they participate in outreach ministries, but on the inside they’re empty. They don’t really believe what they say they do, they just go to church and pretend to believe, because that’s what’s expected of them, or they want to fit in with their friend group. Maybe, they chased their spouse to church when they were teenagers, and that was how they won them over, and now they sit in the church pews, cold to the preacher’s words, zoned out, and only standing for hymns, because they feel obligated. They call themselves Christians, but they don’t really believe.
If you’ll notice, I have been extremely careful not to use the word “Christian” in this post. I have been using the word “believer” because many people who claim to be Christians will be left behind after the rapture of the church. Matthew 24:40 says, “Two men will be working together in in the field; one will be taken, the other left!” If this is not a sign, then I don’t know what is! People who sit beside us in the pews at church, or across the room at work will be left behind! So we must stay aware! Be on the lookout for Christ’s return, for He is coming soon, and we must be ready! Matthew 24:42-45 says, “So you too must keep watch! For you do not know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: if a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch, and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
We must prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Christ. He will come when we least expect it, and He will catch many off guard. Many will hit their knees in realization that they too have been left behind. Don’t let that be you, for when Christ is coming, no one knows but the Father, but when He comes, I want to go too. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14 NIV
I hope you all have a great week, I know that this topic was a little heavy, but I hope that you will take my words to heart. For you prayer warriors out there, I ask you to keep my English teacher’s daughter Elyse, in your prayers as she faces a serious brain and back surgery. She is eleven and very active. She is nervous, but she is ready to be herself again! Thank you for being here to read this today!
Be His Hands and Feet